Tier II DBP Violation

Important Information About Your Non-Emergency Public Notice

The Steelton Borough Water Authority and staff take producing the highest quality drinking water very seriously. Over the past two years, the Authority has invested heavily into infrastructure and operational improvements in response to newer and more stringent environmental testing and reporting standards.

Some residents have asked questions about the Public Notices of non-emergency violations like the one enclosed. Below are answers to frequently asked questions:

Why am I receiving another drinking water violation notice?

HAA5 and TTHM levels are reported on a Running Annual Average, meaning a high result from a previous quarter will impact the average, possibly causing a violation, even if levels are below during certain times of the reporting year.

For this quarter, HAA5 levels were above the MCL at both testing locations. During our reporting year, we have also been well below the level. For example, last quarter HAA5s were reported at .045 and .02 for both locations, well under the .06 MCL. This quarter, unfortunately, the levels were .092 and .102. Contributors to the higher levels include increased river turbidity (cloudiness—a signal of organic matter that causes DBPs). Water plant staff continue to monitor and report DBPs on a regular basis and follow an extensive testing, reporting, and treatment protocol.

Are HAA5s violations unique to Steelton’s water system?

No. Many water systems in the country are dealing with HAA5 violations due to more stringent EPA standards and changes in testing/reporting requirements. Complying with these standards requires older water system’s like Steelton’s to make long term capital improvements that take time.

Why do disinfection byproducts like HAA5s occur in our water?

Virtually all water systems have disinfection byproducts of some level due to the fact that chlorine remains the most widely used chemical for water disinfection in the world. According to the Center for Disease Control, “Chlorine revolutionized water purification, reduced the incidence of waterborne diseases across the western world,” and “chlorination and/or filtration of drinking water has been hailed as the major public health achievement of the 20th century.” It is necessary to chlorinate water to eliminate bacteria that causes immediate emergency health risks. No such emergency health risks are occurring due to Steelton’s continued treatment of water.

While chlorination kills harmful pathogens in water (the primary concern of water treatment facilities), the process of chlorine interacting with organic material in water creates what are known as disinfection byproducts, primarily Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids. Factors such as temperature, turbidity (cloudiness of source water), and source water levels influence the amount of organic matter found in the raw water and, as a result, the amount of disinfection byproducts formed during treatment.

However, it is recognized that the removal of immediate pathogenic threats in water through chlorination takes first priority. Higher levels of disinfection byproducts are considered a Tier II non-acute violation (like the one enclosed). A lack of chlorination and the resulting microbial pathogens that would be present in water, represent a Tier I emergency violation.

Am I required to buy bottled water?

No. The Department of Environmental Protection and EPA clearly state that you do not need to change your source of water.

What if I have concerns about long term health risks associated with HAA5s?

Please consult your physician if you have any concerns about health risks associated with HAA5s.

What is the Water Authority doing to reduce/eliminate DBPs?

Construction of the chlorine contact tank system that will address this issue will begin this spring.

The Steelton Borough Authority awarded the bid for the Disinfection Byproducts Project which involves the construction of a chlorine contact tank that will provide for greater removal of disinfection byproducts before entering the water system. The $3 million project is expected to be completed in the summer.

The Authority is also making key system upgrades in early 2017 based on the findings of a comprehensive distribution system study recently completed.

If you have any additional questions about disinfection by-products or what we are doing, and have done, to ensure your drinking water is safe, please feel free to contact me at 717-939-9842 or Mark Handley at 717-939-0425 Ext. 5110.

Please know that we have worked—and continue to work—diligently to provide the safest drinking water possible.  In 2017, customers will see the completion of one of the largest capital improvements to Steelton’s water system in recent memory. These improvements are intended to address the issues outlined above.

Douglas E. Brown, Borough Manager and Authority Secretary

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Contract No. 2016-05: Mohn Street Park Tot Lot Improvements Project

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Sealed Bids for the Borough of Steelton Mohn Street Park Tot Lot Improvements Project will be received by the Borough of Steelton, 123 North Front Street, Steelton, Pennsylvania 17113, until 1:00 P.M. local time on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Bids will be opened at the aforesaid address on PennBid’s website, and following the evaluation of the bids, an abstract of the amounts of the base bids and major alternates will be made available on PennBid’s website. Bids received after 1:00 P.M. the day of the bid opening will not be accepted.

Contract 2016-05: Mohn Street Park Tot Lot Improvements Project

The Project generally consists of the installation of various playground equipment manufactured by Kidstuff or approved equal at Mohn Street Park. The Project also consists of the installation of play surface material and underdrain system and site restoration following construction activities. Bids will be received for a single prime Contract. Bids shall be on a lump sum basis, with additive Alternate Bid items as indicated in the Bid Form.

Sealed bids shall be accepted online via the PennBid Program. All Bidding Documents and solicitation details will be available at no cost at www.PennBid.net beginning on Friday, January 13, 2017. All questions about the meaning or intent of the Bidding Documents are to be submitted in writing via the PennBid Program.

Each bid shall be accompanied by a Certified Check or Bid Bond in an amount of not less than ten percent (10%) of the bid total. If a Surety Bid Bond is utilized, it shall be mandatory that the Bid Bond specifically identify the bid, and the date of the bid (which shall be on or before the date of the bid bond), which it accompanies; additionally, it shall be mandatory that the Power of Attorney accompanying a Bid Bond evidencing the authority of the person signing on behalf of the surety to sign the Bid Bond shall be dated the same as the Bid Bond; further, it shall be mandatory that the Bid Bond itself be dated, as well as signed by the principal bidder and the surety company through its authorized representatives. Failure to comply with any of the aforesaid provisions shall result in the disqualification of the bid, which bid shall not thereafter be considered.

The successful bidder shall be required to provide a Performance Bond for 100% of the Contract Bid price as required by the Contract Documents.

All bids shall be irrevocable for 60 days after the bid opening date unless award is delayed by a required approval of another government agency, the sale of bonds, or the award of a grant or grants, in which case this Bid shall remain subject to acceptance for 120 days after the bid opening date as provided by the Act of November 26, 1978 (P.L. 1309, No. 317), as amended by the Act of December 12, 1994 (P.L. 1042, No. 142).

Bidders must comply with all State anti-bid rigging regulations pertaining to work associated with this Project, and will be required to submit an executed non-collusion affidavit with the bid.

This Project falls under The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted Act 127 of 2012, known as the Public Works Employment Verification Act (‘the Act’) which requires all public work contractors and subcontractors to utilize the Federal Government’s E-Verify system to ensure that all employees performing work on public work projects are authorized to work in the United States. All Bidders are required to submit a Public Works Employment Verification Form as a precondition for the Contract Award.

Bidders should refer to provisions of federal and state statutes, rules and regulations dealing with the prevention of environmental pollution and preservation of public natural resources that affect the Project, said provisions being pursuant to Act No. 247 of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, approved October 26, 1972.

This project is being funded by federal sources. Bidders must comply with all funding requirements as described in the Project Manual, and submit all required documentation of compliance.
The estimated cost for the Contract is greater than Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) and the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act shall apply. Attention is called to the fact that not less than the minimum salaries and wages as set forth in the Contract Documents must be paid on this project; that the Contractor must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, age, color, religion, gender, national origin, or physical disability; that a mandatory ratio of apprentices and trainees to journeymen is required in each craft and the Contractor (and any subcontractor) is obliged to make a “diligent effort” to achieve these ratios; and that to the greatest extent feasible, opportunities for training and employment be given to lower income residents of the project area and must to the greatest extent feasible utilize project area businesses located in or owned in substantial part by project area residents.
All bidders are hereby notified that in regard to any contract pursuant to this advertisement, businesses will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this notice and will not be subjected to discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, sex, age, physical disability or national origin in consideration for an award. Similarly, the successful bidder shall in no manner discriminate against or intimidate any employee involved in the manufacture of supplies, the performance of work, or any other activity required under the contract on account of gender, race, creed or color.

The Borough of Steelton reserves the right to waive any defects, errors, omissions, mistakes, informalities, to accept any bid or combination of bids that are deemed to be in the best interest of the Borough, and to reject any or all proposals.

Applicants Sought for Steelton Codes Hearing Board

Steelton Borough is seeking residents interested in serving on the Codes Hearing Board. The Codes Hearing Board considers appeals by property owners that dispute a decision of the Codes Office related to property maintenance. Powers of the Codes Hearing Board are below:

Powers of Code Hearing Board. The Code Hearing Board shall have the following powers and duties:
(1) Interpretation. On appeal from a determination of the Code Enforcement Officer or on request of any Borough official, the Code Hearing Board shall decide any questions involving the interpretation of applicable codes and ordinances.

(2) Variances. The Code Hearing Board may grant a variance from the strict application of this chapter or of those other applicable codes and ordinances. Such variances may be granted only in those cases which would result in practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship and where the public health and safety shall not be jeopardized.

(3) Appeals. The Code Hearing Board shall hear all appeals made to it and, depending upon its findings, shall decide whether such appeals shall be granted.

Applicants must be residents of the Borough of Steelton. Experience in construction, building codes and maintenance preferred.

Interested applicants must submit a resume to dbrown@steeltonpa.com by December 30, 2016 in order to be considered for appointment to the board.
Douglas E. Brown, Borough Manager

Borough of Steelton
Phone: 717-939-9842 ext. 5030

Updated: Information Regarding Today’s Oil Spill and Steelton’s Water Supply

Updated: 10/23/2016

DEP has stated the oil will not impact us or our ability to treat water.

Date: 10/21/2016

As residents may have heard from various news outlets, an oil spill occurred in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania earlier today with approximately 55,000 gallons spilling into the northern Susquehanna River.

While the location of the spill is far north of Steelton, the Borough (like its surrounding municipalities) is preparing for the possibility that the oil impacted water may reach our part of the river. Projections have the oil reaching our location as early as Sunday. (more…)

DBP Rule Compliance Improvement Project

Advertisement For Bids

Sealed Bids for the construction of the DBP Rule Compliance Improvement Project Contract 16-1: General Construction and Contract 16-2: Electrical Construction will be received by Steelton Borough Authority online, until 1:00 PM local time on November 22, 2016, at which time the Bids received will be opened online through the PennBID Program. Bid results will be posted for the public review on the PennBID Program.

The Project consists of construction of a 260,000 gallon clearwell, installation of two 25 horsepower clearwell pumps, installation of fiberglass baffles in the existing clearwell, and associated site, electrical, control, and general work.

Bids shall be on a lump sum basis as indicated in the Bid Form.

Sealed bids shall be accepted online through the PennBID Program. Bidding Documents and solicitation details may be viewed and are available at no cost online by registering at www.PennBID.net. Following registration, complete sets of Bidding Documents may be downloaded as portable document format (PDF) files. The date that the Bidding Documents are transmitted by the Issuing Office will be considered the Bidder’s date of receipt of the Bidding Documents.
A non-mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 AM local time on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Steelton Borough Water Treatment Plant, 282 Christian Street, Steelton, PA 17113. Representatives of the Owner and Engineer will be present to discuss the Project.

Bid security in the form a Certified Check or Bid Bond shall be furnished with the bid in an amount not less than 10% of the total bid.

All questions about the meaning or intent of the Bidding Documents are to be submitted via the PennBID Program in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. Telephone inquiries are unacceptable.

All bids shall be irrevocable for 60 days unless award is delayed by a required approval of another governmental agency, the sale of bonds, or the award of grant or grants, in which the bid shall remain subject to acceptance for 120 days after the bid opening date as provided by the Act of November 26, 1978 (P.L. 1309, No. 317), as amended by the Act of December 12, 1994 (P.L. 1042, No. 142).

Bidders must comply with all State antibid-rigging regulations pertaining to Work associated with this Project, and will be required to submit an executed non-collusion affidavit with the bid.

The estimated cost of this Project is greater than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000) and the federal Davis-Bacon Act shall apply.
Bidders should refer to provisions of federal and state statutes, rules and regulations dealing with the prevention of environmental pollution and preservation of public natural resources that affect the Project, said provisions being pursuant to Act No. 247 of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, approved October 26, 1972.

This Project falls under The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted Act 127 of 2012, known as the Public Works Employment Verification Act which requires all public work contractors and subcontractors to utilize the Federal Government’s E-Verify system to ensure that all employees performing work on public work projects are authorized to work in the United States. All Bidders are required to submit a Public Works Employment Verification Form as a precondition for the Contract Award.
All bidders are hereby notified that in regard to any Contract pursuant to this advertisement, businesses will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this notice and will not be subjected to discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, sex, age, physical disability or national origin in consideration for an award. Similarly the Successful Bidder shall in no manner discriminate against or intimidate any employee involved in the manufacture of supplies, the performance of Work, or any other activity required under the Contract on account of gender, race, creed or color.

The Steelton Borough Authority reserves the right to waive any defects, errors, omissions, mistakes, informalities, to accept any bid or combination of bids that are deemed to be in the best interest of the Authority and to reject any or all proposals.

Owner: Steelton Borough Authority
By: Doug Brown
Title: Secretary/Treasurer

Tier II DBP Violation

Date: September 16th, 2016 3pm

Important Information About the Public Notice Enclosed

The Steelton Borough Water Authority and staff take producing the highest quality drinking water very seriously. Over the past two years, the Authority has invested heavily into infrastructure and operational improvements in response to newer and more stringent environmental testing and reporting standards.

(more…)

Contract No. 2016-03: Midget Baseball Field Improvements Project

Advertisement For Bid Documents

Sealed Bids for the Borough of Steelton Midget Baseball Field Improvements Project will be received by the Borough of Steelton, 123 North Front Street, Steelton, Pennsylvania 17113, until 1:00 P.M. local time on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Bids will be opened at the aforesaid address on Pennbid’s website, and following the evaluation of the bids, an abstract of the amounts of the base bids and major alternates (if any) will be made available on PennBid’s website. Bids received after 1:00 P.M. the day of the bid opening will not be accepted.

Contract 2016-03: Midget Baseball Field Improvements Project

The Project generally consists of a fine grade/top dress and seeding of the entire outfield, sod installation of the infield and outside edge of baselines to existing dugouts, installation of Diamond Tex infield mix, demolition of the existing two-story CMU block equipment storage building, construction of a new pre-engineered steel storage building and related appurtenances, demolition of an existing scoreboard steel support structure and site restoration following the construction activities. Bids will be received for a single prime Contract. Bids shall be on a lump sum basis, with additive Alternate Bid items as indicated in the Bid Form.

Sealed bids shall be accepted online via the PennBID Program. All Bidding Documents and solicitation details will be available at no cost at www.PennBid.net on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. All questions about the meaning or intent of the Bidding Documents are to be submitted in writing via the PennBID Program.

Each bid shall be accompanied by a Certified Check or Bid Bond in an amount of not less than ten percent (10%) of the bid total. If a Surety Bid Bond is utilized, it shall be mandatory that the Bid Bond specifically identify the bid, and the date of the bid (which shall be on or before the date of the bid bond), which it accompanies; additionally, it shall be mandatory that the Power of Attorney accompanying a Bid Bond evidencing the authority of the person signing on behalf of the surety to sign the Bid Bond shall be dated the same as the Bid Bond; further, it shall be mandatory that the Bid Bond itself be dated, as well as signed by the principal bidder and the surety company through its authorized representatives. Failure to comply with any of the aforesaid provisions shall result in the disqualification of the bid, which bid shall not thereafter be considered.

The successful bidder shall be required to provide a Performance Bond for 100% of the Contract Bid price as required by the Contract Documents.

All bids shall be irrevocable for 60 days after the bid opening date unless award is delayed by a required approval of another government agency, the sale of bonds, or the award of a grant or grants, in which case this Bid shall remain subject to acceptance for 120 days after the bid opening date as provided by the Act of November 26, 1978 (P.L. 1309, No. 317), as amended by the Act of December 12, 1994 (P.L. 1042, No. 142).

Bidders must comply with all State anti-bid rigging regulations pertaining to work associated with this Project, and will be required to submit an executed non-collusion affidavit with the bid.
This Project falls under The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted Act 127 of 2012, known as the Public Works Employment Verification Act (‘the Act’) which requires all public work contractors and subcontractors to utilize the Federal Government’s E-Verify system to ensure that all employees performing work on public work projects are authorized to work in the United States. All Bidders are required to submit a Public Works Employment Verification Form as a precondition for the Contract Award.

Bidders should refer to provisions of federal and state statutes, rules and regulations dealing with the prevention of environmental pollution and preservation of public natural resources that affect the Project, said provisions being pursuant to Act No. 247 of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, approved October 26, 1972.

This project is being funded by federal sources. Bidders must comply with all funding requirements as described in the Project Manual, and submit all required documentation of compliance.

Bidders must comply with all State anti-kickback regulations pertaining to work associated with this Project, and will be required to submit an executed anti-collusion statement with the bid.

The estimated cost for the Contract is greater than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000) and the Federal Davis Bacon Wage Act shall apply. Attention is called to the fact that not less than the minimum salaries and wages as set forth in the Contract Documents must be paid on this project; that the Contractor must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, age, color, religion, gender, national origin, or physical disability; that a mandatory ratio of apprentices and trainees to journeymen is required in each craft and the Contractor (and any subcontractor) is obliged to make a “diligent effort” to achieve these ratios; and that to the greatest extent feasible, opportunities for training and employment be given to lower income residents of the project area and must to the greatest extent feasible utilize project area businesses located in or owned in substantial part by project area residents.

In addition to the Equal Employment requirements of Executive Order 11246 regarding discrimination, the Contractor must establish a 3% goal for female participation and a 5% goal for minority participation, and a 10% goal for Section 3 participation, in his aggregate on-site construction work force for contracts in excess of $10,000. Section 3 requires that the Contractor must utilize, to the greatest extent feasible, local area businesses, trainees, employees, and low-moderate income persons within the general trade area.

In accordance with Executive Orders 11625 and 12138, the Contractor must utilize, to the greatest extent feasible, minority and/or women owned business concerns. Bidders are hereby notified that MBE/WBE firms will be afforded full opportunity to bid without discrimination. Davis-Bacon and Related Acts apply to this Project.

All bidders are hereby notified that in regard to any contract pursuant to this advertisement, businesses will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this notice and will not be subjected to discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, sex, age, physical disability or national origin in consideration for an award. Similarly, the successful bidder shall in no manner discriminate against or intimidate any employee involved in the manufacture of supplies, the performance of work, or any other activity required under the contract on account of gender, race, creed or color.

The Borough of Steelton reserves the right to waive any defects, errors, omissions, mistakes, informalities, to accept any bid or combination of bids that are deemed to be in the best interest of the Borough, and to reject any or all proposals.